Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pillow Case tutorial

This pillowcase is easy to whip up in an afternoon and makes a great gift!
It is for a standard sized pillow.
We have kits available in the shop to make these with a variety of fabrics.
All seams are 1/4" unless otherwise noted.
Here is what you'll need:
3/4 yd. fabric for pillowcase body (here the black and white print)
1/4 yd. fabric for the cuff ( here the black in the picture)
3.5" x 42" for prairie points( here the green)
matching thread
Optional: Best Press Spray starch or similar product

Making a prairie point: Cut 12 squares 3.5" x 3.5" Cut carefully, you'll use every bit!
Take your first square lay it down wrong side up on your pressing surface.
Fold along the diagonal and press with a hot iron.
Fold and press again bringing all the raw edges together.
If your fabric won't stay folded give the squares a spritz of Best Press and then hit them with the iron again. That really helps keep the prairie points neat. Repeat this for all 12 prairie points. Set them aside.
Trim your 3/4 yd. pillow body fabric to measure 26.5" x 41". Along one of the 41" edges evenly distribute the 12 prairie points, keeping all raw edges even. Begin 1/2" in and end with a 1/2"of space left. Pin these well, so they don't shift while you baste them on the machine. Lengthen your machine's stitch and baste these on with a 1/8- 1/4 inch seam making sure to catch all the layers.
Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, creating a rectangle 26.5 x 20.5. Pin along the long edge (opposite the folded edge) and continue pinning up the short side. Note the pins in the picture along two sides, the fold is at the top of the picture the prairie points are on the right. Make sure you shorten your stitch length and sew along these two sides.
Trim your corners and turn right side out.
Here is what you'll have so far:
Next trim your cuff fabric to 9"x 41". Pin the two 9" edges right sides together. Pin and sew this edge. Press seam open. Now you have a circle. Now bring the two long raw edges of your circle together to make it 4.5" wide. Press.
Pin all the raw edges of the cuff to the raw edges of the pillow case body ( right sides together) as shown. The Prairie points will be covered and sandwiched in between. Sew with a healthy 1/4" seam making sure you sew in deeper than your basting stitches so they will not show on the outside. To keep this seam from fraying when you wash the pillowcase, serge this seam OR do a wide zig zag over the edge.
Flip the cuff away from the pillow case body and press the prairie points toward the cuff. Topstitch around pillow body 1/8 from where the body meets the cuff making sure the points are pointing towards the cuff.
You are done and hopefully.... whoever it is for, will love it! Kits available or customize your own with this pattern at the Quilters' Crossing, now open 7 days a week!

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